An early start on a Sunday night meant the crowd for the support acts wasn’t as big as I’d hoped. Singer songwriter Thelma Plum took to the stage with her two band members, performing in front of giant silver balloons spelling out her name. Thelma may have enough new material for an album, playing unreleased tracks throughout her set, one titled “Ice Cream”, to which several people in the crowd shouted, “I LOVE ICE CREAM”. The crowd response to the song seemed to be in line with that statement too. I’m not sure which part I liked the most, Thelma’s songs, reworked for a live show with different elements to recorded versions, her nervous rambling between the songs, or her freshly shaved hair which she had dyed pink.
This was my 10th time seeing San Cisco but my first time hearing a lot of the tracks live from their most recent release The Water. They opened with “Did You Get What You Came For” from that album, the sold-out crowd filling the room. They played a mixture of tracks from their three albums, although didn’t play “Awkward”, the track that most people know them for, which didn’t go unnoticed by the crowd. After three albums and countless tours, if they feel the need to distance themselves from that early release, so be it. Their sound has changed, they’ve matured, and they might want a break from playing it at every show.
They included older favourites “Fred Astaire” and “Beach” but mainly kept to debuting tracks from The Water. After finishing “Too Much Time Together”, the band left the stage, with only Jordi, the lead singer reappearing. Clutching his acoustic guitar, he sang “Waiting for the Weekend”, with Josh, Nick and Scarlett joining him to finish on “Sunrise”.
In the back room, a Cancer Council fundraiser with Gav “the weatherman” Morris kept the night going, Jordi DJing later in the night as well. In typical Newcastle fashion, the moment Jordi had a drink in his hand, a guy in the crowd took off his shoe and insisted Jordi take it. Straight faced and shaking his head, Jordi turned around and says, “I’m not doing a shoey”. Instead, he picked up a fidget spinner and sipped his drink.
If you ain’t spinning, you ain’t winning.
San Cisco will be playing at Splendour at the end of July!